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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
1994
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Medium-bodied, with good fruit and firm tannins
Description
Medium-bodied, with good fruit and firm tannins
Vintage
1993
Score
82
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Good color, perfumy, fruity and balanced
Description
Good color, perfumy, fruity and balanced
Vintage
1992
Score
72
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Light, simple and often diluted; early maturing
Description
Light, simple and often diluted; early maturing
Vintage
1991
Score
72
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Lean, tough and light; stick to top names
Description
Lean, tough and light; stick to top names
Vintage
1990
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Opulent, well-structured and harmonious
Description
Opulent, well-structured and harmonious
Vintage
1989
Score
98
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Bold, dramatic fruit character; tannic and long-aging
Description
Bold, dramatic fruit character; tannic and long-aging
Vintage
1988
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Racy, fruity wines, with firm tannins and typical structure; best in Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol and Pauillac
Description
Racy, fruity wines, with firm tannins and typical structure; best in Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol and Pauillac
Vintage
1987
Score
76
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Delicate, ripe yet diluted
Description
Delicate, ripe yet diluted
Vintage
1986
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Powerful, intense and tannic; best in Médoc
Description
Powerful, intense and tannic; best in Médoc
Vintage
1985
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Balanced, supple and fruity; defines finesse
Description
Balanced, supple and fruity; defines finesse
Vintage
1984
Score
70
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Unripe, astringent and dry
Description
Unripe, astringent and dry
Vintage
1983
Score
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rich and ripe in fruit and tannins; some overly tannic
Description
Rich and ripe in fruit and tannins; some overly tannic
Vintage
1982
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Intense ripe fruit and generous in style; plenty of round tannins. St.-Julien and St.-Emilion stand out
Description
Intense ripe fruit and generous in style; plenty of round tannins. St.-Julien and St.-Emilion stand out
Vintage
1981
Score
82
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Elegant, balanced and charming
Description
Elegant, balanced and charming
Vintage
1980
Score
78
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Light
Description
Light
Vintage
1979
Score
83
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Supple, fruity and delicate
Description
Supple, fruity and delicate
Vintage
1978
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Structured, fleshy and complex
Description
Structured, fleshy and complex
Vintage
1977
Score
60
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Poor, unripe and acidic
Description
Poor, unripe and acidic
Vintage
1976
Score
80
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Fat, ripe and lacking structure
Description
Fat, ripe and lacking structure
Vintage
1975
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Hard, tannic. Right Bank ripe, rich
Description
Hard, tannic. Right Bank ripe, rich
Vintage
1974
Score
58
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Unripe and diluted
Description
Unripe and diluted
Vintage
1973
Score
68
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Light, diluted
Description
Light, diluted
Vintage
1972
Score
60
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Acidic, light wines; not very interesting
Description
Acidic, light wines; not very interesting

Notable older vintages: 1970, 1961, 1959, 1953, 1949, 1947, 1945, 1929, 1928, 1900



Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR